Ferguson's school district ordered to change voting system

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Posted: Nov 22, 2016 12:35 PM

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a school district that includes Ferguson, Missouri, to institute a new method of electing school board members in an effort to remove racial bias from the process.

U.S. District Judge Rodney Sippel's order Monday requires the Ferguson-Florissant School District to adopt cumulative voting, which will allow people to vote multiple times for a single candidate, depending on how many seats are up for grabs.

Sippel struck down the district's at-large election process in August, ruling it was biased against black voters.

School district attorney Cindy Ormsby says a decision on whether to appeal is expected next week.

Concerns about racial bias in Ferguson were heightened after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, who was black and unarmed, by a white police officer in 2014.

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This story has been altered to clarify that the new system that the district has been ordered to adopt will allow people to vote multiple times for a single candidate, depending on how many seats are up for grabs.